Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - City Council Legislative Session
- City Council received the Final Report from the Alexandria Complete Count Committee summarizing outreach activities and commended the members of the Committee and the Complete Count Partners for their work resulting in a Complete Count for Alexandria.
Alexandria Reaches Complete Count in 2020 U.S. Census
The City was notified by the U.S. Census Bureau that the Alexandria community achieved a complete count in the 2020 U.S. Census! The Bureau’s Crystal City Area Census Office, which includes all of Alexandria, was the only such office in the Washington, D.C. metro region to count 100% of households by the time data collection ended on October 15. Because almost 74% of Alexandria households completed the census questionnaire by mail or online, census workers had to visit fewer households in person.
“Our entire community should take great pride in knowing that everyone in Alexandria counts,” said Canek Aguirre, chair of the Alexandria Complete Count Committee and member of the Alexandria City Council. “This accomplishment is even more remarkable given the unprecedented challenges faced by residents and census workers this year. We are grateful to the Committee members, City staff, partner agencies, businesses, faith community and non-profits who worked tirelessly to ensure outreach to traditionally undercounted parts of our community.”
An accurate count is important because census data are used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and allocate more than $675 billion in federal resources to state and local governments. The City uses census data to learn about Alexandria’s population and serve all residents equitably.
In March 2020, every household in the United States received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. The Census is important because it is used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and allocate over $675 billion in federal resources to state and local governments. The City of Alexandria uses Census data to learn about our population and serve all residents equitably. Whether you were born in the U.S., moved here 10 years ago, or moved here 10 days ago, you are entitled to your share of representation and resources!
Virtual Census Information Sessions hosted by Alexandria Library
Councilman Canek Aguirre and local leaders participated in a three-part series featuring panel discussions on the 2020 Census and why it is so important for every person in Alexandria to respond. Topics included the Census and Community Services, the Census and Our Schools, and the Census and Local Government Services. Recordings of the discussions are posted to the Alexandria Library website.
Now is the time to act and complete your Census survey online, by phone, or via paper form! For every 1% of Alexandrians not counted, Alexandria loses $18 million dollars in federal funding over the next ten years. Completing the Census is safe, easy, and fast. It takes the average person less than 10 minutes to complete the survey! The Census is available in 13 languages and language support is available in 59 languages. To complete your 2020 Census, visit 2020census.gov or call 844.330.2020 (English), 844.468.2020 (Spanish), and 844.416.2020 (Arabic).
What is the Census?
The Decennial Census (Census) is a full count of United States residents, which includes all people who live in the United States. The Census is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every ten years, and is mandated under Article 1, Section 2 of the US Constitution.
After collecting data from households, the Census Bureau processes those data to protect every resident's privacy. It then aggregates the data, and disseminates the results to the President, the states, and the American people. Census data are most prominently used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives; distribute over $675 billion federal dollars to state and local governments; redistrict at the federal, state, and local levels; provide statistical support for grant applications; and help communities plan for future needs.
What questions are on the Census?
- The 2020 Census will ask:
- How many people are living or staying in your home on April 1, 2020
- Whether the home is owned or rented
- Each person's sex
- Each person's age
- Each person's race
- Whether each person is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin
- The relationship of each person to the householder
- The Census Bureau will never ask for:
- Your social security number
- Money or donations
- Your bank account or credit card numbers
- A sample 2020 Census questionnaire is available online here. For more information, visit the Census Bureau's website on avoiding fraud and scams.
- Any information you share with the Census Bureau is strictly confidential. By law the Census Bureau cannot share individual responses with anyone, including any court of law, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Internal Revenue Service, state or federal welfare departments, or governments and programs. The Census Bureau only uses individual responses to produce summary statistics, which further protects individuals from being identified inadvertently.
How can I get involved?
Volunteer to support the City of Alexandria's Complete Count Committee. The Complete Count Committee is responsible for educating Alexandria residents about the 2020 Census, and motivating all residents to participate. Volunteers may assist the Committee by:
- Staffing events to promote the Census
- Hosting events in their communities
- Sharing knowledge about the Census in their communities
- Distributing print materials throughout Alexandria
- Helping residents respond to the 2020 Census
- Becoming a Census Ambassador
The Census Bureau is currently hiring representatives to support the 2020 Census. For more information on employment opportunities, visit the U.S. Census Bureau webpage.
Census Ambassador Training
To help make sure all residents are counted, the City of Alexandria is looking for volunteers to help spread the word about the 2020 Census. The City’s Complete Count Committee is training community members to become Census Ambassadors, who will help residents learn what the questions will be on the Census; how the Census will take place; and how the Census benefits Alexandria.
Census Ambassador training is open to the public. Due to the pandemic, training is limited to a virtual session that can be accessed below.
- Virtual 2020 Census Ambassador Training
The City of Alexandria's Complete Count Committee is supporting the 2020 Census by motivating all Alexandria residents to participate in the Census. The Committee welcomes Alexandria residents, businesses, and organizations to participate in Census outreach efforts.
Since 2000, the City of Alexandria has supported the U.S. Census Bureau’s data collection activities by establishing a Complete Count Committee. Complete Count Committees are local organizations that encourage local residents to participate in the Census.
For 2020, the Alexandria Complete Count Committee will encourage all residents to participate in the 2020 Census. They will focus extra attention on engaging Alexandria communities that have historically been undercounted. These groups include racial and ethnic minority groups, renters, children under the age of 5, communities in Arlandria, and communities in the West End.
City of Alexandria Joins Supreme Court Brief in Support of Fair 2020 Census
The City of Alexandria is one of 190 cities, counties, and state and local officials around the country represented in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge the addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census. The brief, filed on April 1 in support of plaintiffs in the case Department of Commerce v. New York, argues that the addition of a citizenship question will significantly impair the accuracy of the count, which determines the allocation of more than $900 billion of federal funding.
The City of Alexandria further opposed the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census by issuing Resolution No. 2874. In this resolution, the City calls on its congressional representatives to urge members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to oppose the addition of the citizenship question and conduct oversight hearings on the Secretary of Commerce's decision to include it. The City will continue to oppose the addition of the citizenship question going forward.
- City of Alexandria Census Brochure (English, Spanish, Amharic, and Arabic)
- US Census Bureau 2020 Census website
- City Council Resolution Establishing the Complete Count Committee
- Census Bureau videos
Questions? Let us know!
Contact Katherine Carraway, Urban Planner , 703.746.3855.